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Betsi Cadwaladr outbreaks 'a terrible reminder that COVID is not yet gone'— Arfon MS

Siân Gwenllian (Image: Welsh Parliament) Senedd (Image: Gwalia)

The Plaid Cymru Senedd member for Arfon, Siân Gwenllian, has said that outbreaks of COVID-19 in two Gwynedd hospitals are a "terrible reminder that COVID is not yet gone, and great care is still needed".

Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board has said that it is currently dealing with outbreaks of COVID-19 in Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor and Ysbyty Eryri in Caernarfon.

The Executive Director of Nursing & Midwifery Gill Harris said: “As of this morning, we are caring for 34 patients with COVID-19 infection across both sites, of which we currently have 14 patients which are confirmed hospital acquired infection".

She said that a programme of staff and patient testing is underway and that it was the health board's "priority" to "bring this outbreak to a close as soon as possible".

All patients who have tested positive are being "appropriately isolated", and the wards affected are currently closed to admissions and visitors.

In response to the situation, Sian Gwenllian said: “This is of particular concern given the backlog that we know that every hospital is facing, and the increased pressure from so many visitors to tourist areas such as north west Wales.

“Across Wales, cases are rising and we’re starting to see a corresponding increase in hospital transmission. It’s vitally important that Welsh Government continues its outreach programme to ensure as many people as possible receive the vaccine.”

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